Being given reviews for artists I’m not overly familiar with is always interesting. Blood Red Shoes are a band which I now feel like I should have had on my radar before now. Their new album, ‘Get Tragic’, is a perfect mess; an alt-rock album underpinned by an electronic influence which makes for a record which synthesises nicely.
Upon first listen, there was an inexplicable moodiness to the record. Single, ‘Mexican Dress’, is grungy and heavy. It seems to be a cathartic plea for those constantly trying to impress: “Hey there’s only so much I can take / Am I the only one here who’s awake to see this is fake?“.
‘Anxiety’ is another heavier track. Led by Steven this time, its another incredibly aggy number which centres around a frustrated guitar sound. Its one of the album’s real stars, showcasing the bands growth, whilst honouring their rock roots.
‘Eye to Eye’ introduces the album’s unquestionable electronic allusion. Its boozy and angry and goes on to explore the rift between the duo. After a quick google, it was very clear that the band mates do not get on, and it was uncertain whether the Brighton duo would reform after their fourth record. However, they obviously managed to stand one another enough to give us ‘Get Tragic’, yet most probably explains the moody undertones to the album. ‘Eye to Eye’ seems to address the elephant in the room early on, almost establishing that they will never really get on but it was worth it for the album: “But we don’t see eye to eye / Like there’s nothing different / Nothing different now“.
‘Nearer’ featuring The Wytches, sounds like it could have been taken straight from their 2014 album ‘Annabel Dream Reader’. The growly synth bass certainly leaves the bands mark on the track and is another great moment on the album. ‘Bangsar’ showcases a killer drum and bass sound, which coupled with Laura’s distorted vocal, goes to show how well the duo have managed to synthesise their alt-rock roots with their new found synthy, electronic sound.
There is no denying that this album sounds good. The drum and bass sounds are some of the best I’ve heard in a while, and the record is punchy, angry and sexy. However, there are times where I feel like some tracks get a bit lost and I found myself trailing off slightly. ‘Elijah’ & ‘Beverly’ have impressive moments, but seemed to verge on repetitive after a couple of listens. However, the duo negotiate their contrasting vocals well, in a way which is just as impressive as the likes of ‘The XX’.
In its entirety, ‘Get Tragic’ sounds immense. It is the perfect example of an album which has been produced incredibly, and fuses together the bands past and future seamlessly and impressively, despite bordering repetitive. I also believe the album deserves praise for the fact that the duo managed to put their differences to one side for the sake of the record. It’s angrily cathartic and encapsulates the idea of growth through conflict.